Married at the Get Together 1947
by The Colon Express
The wedding group on the stage of the Tent Theatre, left to right - Percy Abbott, Linda and Marilyn Abbott, Cardini, Roy Pitchford, Isabelle Pett Pitchford, the Rev. Frank Wright, Martin Bordner (the minister obscures Mrs. Cardini). Photo by Griffin, Three Rivers Commercial.
One of the surprise features of the Abbott Get-Together this year was the wedding of the De Fakas, European Magic act, on the stage of the tent theatre after the conclusion of the "night before party" Wednesday night.
Townspeople as well as the visiting Magicians had been invited to witness the ceremony and by the time the bridal overture was played by Mrs. Percy Abbott, and then a vocal solo, "I Love You Truly" by Miss Marie Eggstaff, the tent was pretty well filled.
As the curtains parted to reveal the lone figure of the groom, Robert King Pitchford in the attractive trellis and floral setting, Mrs. Abbott began the Mendelsohn Wedding Wedding March. Two little flower girls, Marilyn and Linda Abbott, and the ring bearer, Martin Bordner, preceded the bride, Miss Doris Isabelle Pett, who stepped down the stairway in the center of the trellis on the arm of Percy Abbott, who was to give her in marriage. Behind them came Cardini, world famous sleight-of-hand artist and brother of the groom, as best man, and Mrs. Cradini who was matron of honor.
The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Frank Wright of the Methodist church, and then the wedding party moved to the Abbott showroom where the reception was held and the wedding cake cut and distributed among the Magician friends of the bride and groom.
Mr. and Mrs. Pitchford have worked together for the past six years as The De Fakas, doing their magical-musical act throughout Europe and through the war years in service entertainment units. They wished to be married in America and when they finally received their passports and obtained passage to this country, their visit seemed timed to coincide with the Get-Together dates and they decided to be married here among their fellow workers in the field of Magic. They arrived here just the day before the wedding and thanks to County Clerk John Marvin, who waived the usual five-day waiting requirement, the wedding went along as scheduled. The De Fakas expect to remain in the United States for six months visiting the Cardini's and playing dates in the East.
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